Why do you think authors started to write in two styles?
Because, they wanted to appeal to all of their readers - some don’t like reading in LL, or INK, or Classic, so… you know.
What are the benefits of writing in two styles.
I don’t see too many benefits, other than more readers because of a wider audience.
Can it be, in some manner, a cheap way to get more reads?
Yes. For sure. I think that’s mostly the point, isn’t it?
Would you consider this for your stories?
Not so much. I really enjoy the style of LL, and, in some cases, it has clothing that is required for my story to work.
IMO, authors can do whatever they want with their story. If they want to remake it in another style, it’s not my problem - it’s their choice. Making the story the exact same seems a little redundant to me, though.
Take the story, Dark Dreams, for example. The LL one is HELL of a lot different, giving me a reason to read it and enjoy it from a new light. That’s a good example.
However, it does get annoying when I see the #1 and #2 spots of the Comedy category be taken by Becoming Queen Bee. It pisses me off because, save for a few lines (as far as I’ve read), THEY’RE EXACTLY THE SAME! I know it isn’t the author’s fault. It just… seems unfair for the other authors in the category.